Philosophically, I believe that my children belong in church with me; if I "reward" them by letting them play with their friends and new toys in what is basically a playgroup, how am I EVER going to teach them to sit through church? That said, we have also definitely used the nursery, particularly when we are teaching Sunday School or on the rare Sunday when we just can't deal with keeping our kids appropriately occupied. I think churches should at least recognize that there are children worshiping, particularly if they limit the nursery. I know we once showed up to the early service (which at our church is almost exclusively elderly folks) and our pastor freaked out a little; she had to alter the sermon because she talked about a man who had committed suicide, and instead of using blunt terms, for our children's sake, she used euphemisms that would disguise what she was talking about. Anyway--my point is simply that a good sermon is geared toward its audience, and a good minister should be aware of NOT turning people away from his/her congregation. If you are concerned about specific topics, I would sit down with the leader and say, "Our nursery policy says my children should be in church with me, but I'm concerned about my son's reaction when you speak about (blank)." And see what he says! I agree, almost all of what I would *want* preached at my church is appropriate for my children, but perhaps you're dealing with a very sensitive child (my son is, and he does NOT tune things out...he sure doesn't pay attention, but he IS listening, and he catches all the stuff he shouldn't) who will hear even subtle things. Because our 6 year old is sensitive, we talk about a lot of sensitive things very honestly--death, bad people, sin and forgiveness, war, even basic sexuality, etc. I think a 6 year old can handle those things, as long as they are honest and open and talked about in a non-threatening way. We talk about those things at home, so if and when they are broached in church or school, he can handle what is thrown at him.